Just spotted at Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Mag: LOCUS is reporting that Sherri Browning Erwen “sold JANE SLAYRE, a literary mash-up in which Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is a vampire slayer.”
This, of course, comes on the heels of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies; Sense, Sensibility and Sea Monsters; Emma and the Werewolves; and Mansfield Park and Mummies. While a Austen/Bronte-meet-ze-monster book may have been a clever idea at one point, I just can’t imagine that the concept is worth sustaining a whole speculative fiction cottage industry.
Funny how literary types like to bash their Hollywood brethren for recycling tired tripe yet…
Dear Mr. Allen,
I don’t know of course why others have written other mashups, nor can I judge them, but this is why _I_ wrote MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES — my situation is detailed here:
Thanks for shedding light on this. I wish you well with the book, and I’m sorry to hear about your financial and family problems.
While I’m still puzzled why this particular mashup genre continues to thrive, it sounds like you had fun writing the book, and you certainly deserve to reap the financial reward from your work.
Thank you for the kind words, Sanford, and best of wishes to you also. Did not mean to put you on the spot, and I do understand your sentiments, but it has been very frustrating seeing this kind of reaction, as you can imagine.
I’ve put immense effort and a lot of heart into my book, and hope people at least give it a chance before discounting _all_ the books in this curious new sub-genre entirely… 🙂
Thanks for listening, and all my best to you.